Aims and scope

If the United States constitutes the cradle of doctoral studies in management, the programs that aim at professional managers have developed rapidly in Europe over the past 10 years, especially in the UK and in France. Scholars in management now look all over the world to define their research questions, to share their findings and to implement in various types of organizations the recommendations that emerge from their work.

This sixth edition of the world forum for doctoral studies in management dedicated to professionals will be held in Paris. It will allow US participants to cross the Atlantic Ocean, both literally and figuratively. It will generate stimulating exchanges and hopefully collaborations between researchers from various continents. Indeed, we also aim at looking towards Australia, Africa and Asia, especially China, as these programs develop in these areas as well, based upon different research traditions. The participation of researchers from all continents will enable us to grasp various meanings of research, notably through its geopolitical and cultural dimensions.

EMS 2016 in Paris, France

The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Council (EDBAC) an organization representing more than 40 member schools in ten countries organizes the conference annually.  EDBAC promotes the value of engaged management scholarship and seeks to raise its profile internationally.

The conference is the premier international meeting place for doctoral students, alumni, faculty and managers involved in engaged management research and evidence-based management around the world. The EMS conference is the preeminent venue for sharing the research and knowledge produced in professional business doctorate programs.

This year’s conference will be held in Paris, France, September 8–11, 2016, and be hosted by the University of Paris-Dauphine, a founding member of the EDBA Council.

The conference will consist of:

  • Research papers
  • Posters
  • Panels discussions & Workshops
  • Invited talks
  • Doctoral student consortium
  • Alumni consortium

In addition to tracks focused on research contributions, the conference will also feature tracks and panels discussions aimed at (1) exchanging key information about the EDBAC and its members, management, and purpose and (2) how to promote and manage executive doctorate programs in business.

The conference is open to all scholars and practitioners who are actively involved in practicing engaged management scholarship, but preference will be given to participants from executive doctorate programs.

Submitted research to the conference can cover any area of management inquiry irrespective of theory, discipline or method of inquiry. 

Submissions need to meet the following criteria:

  • Research needs to be relevant for evidence-based management and engaged management scholarship.
  • Research needs to clearly address an identified practical management problem and discuss how the study helps to understand or address the identified problem.
  • Research needs to draw clear managerial or practical conclusions from use of the theory and evidence at hand. 


Submission to the conference implies the authors’ certification that the manuscript is not already published in journal or other sites which create copyright issues.

All research submissions are peer reviewed. One faculty member participating in a professional doctorate program, and at least one student or alumnus of such a program will review each submission.

For the Doctoral Consortium, students can complete the information on this sheet and submit it along with the other two documents mentioned below. Please download a copy of the Nominee Information Sheet:

All required materials can be submitted directly to